gregbo (gregbo) wrote,

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Yesterday I went to a memorial for another former member of my chorus who recently died. I didn't know very much about him while he was a member, although he often sat next to me during rehearsal. He had Alzheimer's disease, so couldn't always communicate effectively.

Turns out he had a very interesting life. He earned a PhD in EE from Stanford. He formed a Silicon Valley start-up. He had a variety of hobbies, such as scuba, guitar, and later, choral singing.

The memorial was like some other events I've described in the past: at the home of prominent people (scholars and entrepreneurs like my former professors whose homes I visited as an undergrad) who live in expensive houses. It seems like just about everyone in my chorus is either a prominent person, the spouse/SO of one, or a very good friend of one. For example, one of the sopranos' SOs just recently won a Nobel Prize in physics. A former alto's late husband was a full professor in mechanical engineering at Stanford and a key NASA researcher. A baritone (who sometimes sits next to me) has a PhD in aeronautical engineering from MIT and was the mayor of Palo Alto for a while. A soprano and her husband are medical researchers at Stanford. The list goes on ...

Some of these people take up things like music after they're retired. It makes me wonder if many years from now, folks like Sergey Brin will become members of my chorus. That would be interesting. (If that happens, I wonder how much he will talk about the company, such as what he might say about click fraud. I expect to still be curious.)

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